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The latter Usually, a prodromal phase (the premonitory stage), during which seizures become increasingly frequent must be calibrated individually to register both burst-suppression and seizure activity. Urgent drug treatment will usually prevent the evolution into true provides an arbitrary physiological target for the titration of barbiturate or anaesthetic therapy. Continuous intracranial pressure monitoring is sometimes needed, especially in children in the presence of persisting, severe, or progressive elevated However, a disadvantage of rectal diazepam is diffculty with and concern about the route of administration, intracranial pressure. The need for active therapy is usually determined by the underlying cause especially in children so alternatives have been sought. Intermittent positive pressure ventilation, high-dose corticosteroid benzodiazepines in that it can be administered by intranasal, buccal and intramuscular routes. Buccal therapy (4 mg dexamethasone every six hours), or mannitol infusion may be used (the latter is usually midazolam (10 mg in 2 ml) has shown superiority over rectal diazepam in trials in children, and is now reserved for temporary respite for patients in danger of tentorial coning). Recent evidence has indicated that intramuscular midazolam is occasionally required. Long-term, maintenance, anticonvulsant therapy must be given intravenous access is diffcult. The choice of drug depends on previous therapy, the type of epilepsy, and the clinical setting. If phenytoin or phenobarbitone has been used in emergency treatment, maintenance doses can be continued orally (through a nasogastric tube) guided by serum level monitoring. Suggested emergency antiepileptic drug regimen for status in newly presenting adult patients. Premonitory stage Midazolam 10 mg given buccally (pre-hospital) Treatment of tonic-clonic status epilepticus If seizures continue, treat as below Tonic-clonic status epilepticus is treated as an emergency in order to avoid both systemic complications Early status Lorazepam (4 mg i. Cerebral damage is partly caused by physiological compromise and the easily achieved then midazolam (10 mg i. In the initial stages of a tonic-clonic seizure, there are compensatory mechanisms that If seizures continue 30 minutes after frst injection, treat as below result in increased cerebral perfusion. By 60-90 minutes these compensatory mechanisms fail; there is hypotension and, importantly, loss of cerebral autoregulation. This results in cerebral hypoperfusion Established status Phenytoin infusion at a dose of 20 mg/kg at a rate of 50 mg/minute or and cerebral damage. These stages or are: the premonitory (pre-hospital) stage, the early status epilepticus stage from 0-30 minutes, the stage of established status epilepticus from 30-60/90 minutes and then the refractory (late) stage during which Valproate infusion at a dose of 40 mg/kg (maximum dose substantial neuronal damage can occur. These are guidelines, and obviously in some circumstances intensive care management 4500 mg) over 10 minutes and general anaesthesia may be required earlier. Refractory status General anaesthesia, with either propofol, midazolam or thiopentone. Anaesthetic continued for 12-24 hours after the last clinical or electrographic seizure, then dose tapered In the above scheme, the refractory stage (general anaesthesia) is reached 60/90 minutes after the initial therapy. In some situations, general anaesthesia should be initiated earlier and, occasionally, should be delayed. It is easier to prevent the evolution of epilepsy to status epilepticus Once the patient has been free of seizures for 12-24 hours and provided that there are adequate plasma than to treat the established condition. The acute administration of either diazepam or midazolam will cause drowsiness or sleep, and rarely cardiorespiratory collapse, and patients should be carefully supervised. Early status epilepticus (0-30 minutes) Once status epilepticus has developed, treatment should be carried out in hospital, under close supervision. For the frst 30-60 minutes or so of continuous seizures, physiological mechanisms compensate for the greatly enhanced metabolic activity. This is the stage of early status epilepticus, and it is usual to administer a fast-acting benzodiazepine. Other benzodiazepines such as diazepam, clonazepam and midazolam are alternatives but, due to its more prolonged action, lorazepam should be preferred. If intravenous access is not easily available then imtramuscular midazolam 10mg is an alternative. Established status epilepticus (30-60/90 minutes) At this stage physiological decompensation will usually have begun. These are phenytoin (20 mg/kg), fosphenytoin (a phenytoin pro-drug), valproate (40 mg/kg) and levetiracetam (60mg/kg); all are given by intravenous loading followed by repeated oral or intravenous supplementation. Valproate should be avoided in those with a urea cycle defcit, liver disease or mitochondrial disease.

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At the advent of epilepsy surgery, Falconer urged that outside a damaged or malformed rolandic region, so that resecadolescents be considered for operative treatment before the tion of a perirolandic lesion results in little or no additional end of secondary school so that they could pass more norpostoperative motor deficit (see. Factors favoring mally through the maturational stages of early adulthood developmental plasticity include early onset of the lesion. In patients who had temporal resection for childhoodperinatal infarction or congenital malformation) and surgery onset epilepsy and were studied after a mean interval of 15 performed within the first few years of life. It is Age-Related Risks of Epilepsy Surgery not known whether the intracarotid amobarbital procedure can accurately predict this complication in children. Low memthe extensive multilobar and hemispheric surgeries performed ory retention scores may occur during this testing in a signifiin children and adolescents may carry some risk. In the cant proportion of children (70), and withholding mesial temCleveland Clinic series (3), 2 of 149 patients (1. Mortality may be slightly higher for infants, in part because of their Seizure Outcome after Epilepsy Surgery small blood volumes. These to compare owing to the inclusion of patients with diverse results emphasize the need to reserve surgery for infants with pathologic conditions, use of different evaluation and surgical severe epilepsy. Risk may be reduced by a dedicated team of techniques, and variable definitions of postoperative outcome pediatric anesthesiologists, intensivists, and surgeons. Good postoperative outcomes with rare or no At any age, the mortality from epilepsy surgery must be seizures occur with similar frequencies at all ages, according weighed against the mortality from uncontrolled seizures to recent series in infants, children, adolescents, and adults, treated medically. Nashef and associates (61) found this risk despite age-related differences in causes and surgery types to be 1:295 per year in children and adolescents with severe (1,3,11,28,71,72). In a population-based come postoperatively does not diminish significantly, even in cohort study in children (62) (1 to 16 years of age) who develinfancy. These results compare favorably with those achieved oped epilepsy between 1977 and 1985, 26 (3. Neurologic deficit was frequency) was 20% to 40% and seizure freedom was fairly the only independent factor that determined mortality. More recent studies show only modest chances of study, mortality in children with comorbid neurologic deficits seizure freedom (5%) after failure of two antiepileptic med(15/1000 person-years) was higher than in those without any ications and report no difference between established and deficits (0. Mortality in the children newer antiepileptic drugs used as initial monotherapy (74). These epidemiologic data (3), this outcome was significantly more common in patients reinforce consideration for early surgical intervention, as chilwho had temporal resection (78%) than in those who had dren with catastrophic partial epilepsy who are candidates for extratemporal or multilobar resection (54%). However, this surgery often have neurologic deficits and secondarily generaldifference based on surgery type disappeared when results ized seizures. The increased long-term mortality from epilepsy were analyzed by etiologic factors. Significantly more patients in children can also be seen in outcome studies of epilepsy with low-grade tumor (82%) than patients with malformation Chapter 89: Special Considerations in Children 1005 of cortical development (52%) were seizure free, regardless of 6. Temporal and extended temporal resections for the treatment of intractable seizures in early childhood. Duchowny and colleagues (1) noted that it infantile spasms: neuroimaging perspectives. Predictors of outcome in pediatric seizure outcome appears similar to that in adults. Significance of surgery for temporal lobe epilepsy in childfor intractable temporal lobe epilepsy, 78% of patients were hood and adolescence. Selection of patients with intractable epilepsy for resective up of 3 months to 22 years. Defining the spectrum of international the procedure for acquired diseases like Rasmussen encephalipractice in pediatric epilepsy surgery patients. Seizure symptomatology in infants 55% to 80% of those with acquired causes were seizure free with localization-related epilepsy. Symptomatology of epileptic tions of cortical development showed higher rates (68% to seizures in the first three years of life. Proposal for revised clinical and electroencephalographic classification of 80%) of seizure freedom in partial (sparing anterior or posteepileptic seizures.

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